Spinach Dip

Spinach Dip Recipe (from scratch!) | browneyedbaker.com #recipe #SuperBowl

I have been wanting to make a spinach dip recipe for what feels like forever, but kept getting discouraged because every single one I came across called for a package of powdered ranch seasoning mix. I would huff and move on, making a mental note to get a homemade version churned out sometime soon. A few weeks ago, my father-in-law came over to watch football and I was putting together some snacks, so I finally took the bull by the horns and made a from-scratch spinach dip once and for all. The best thing about this particular dip? It’s highly possible that you have every single thing you need in your pantry and refrigerator already. Also, it’s ridiculously addicting.

Spinach Dip Recipe (from scratch!) | browneyedbaker.com #recipe #SuperBowl

With all of the spinach and some Greek yogurt in there, I mean, it’s almost health food, right?! No? Is mine the only brain that does food math like that? Does throwing it inside of a loaf of bread, and then proceeding to eat the loaf of bread, negate the spinach and yogurt goodness? Okay, okay…

Still, if you have an extra three minutes, go the bread bowl route… SO good. Plus, it gets ooh’s and aah’s and it literally takes just a few minutes. If this is more of a last-minute snack and you don’t have time to run to the store for a fresh loaf of bread, you can serve it with whatever dippable items are lurking about in your pantry and refrigerator. I tried it with carrots, radishes, crackers, and pretzels (in addition to the bread), and all of it was fabulous!

I figure if I eat a significant portion of this dip, that will take care of my vegetable requirements and cancel out all of the other ooey, gooey, cheesy dips that I plan on inhaling on Sunday. Fuzzy math again? Maybe, but I’m going with it!

Spinach Dip Recipe (from scratch!) | browneyedbaker.com #recipe #SuperBowl

One year ago: Cheesy Pull-Apart Bread
Two years ago: Loaded Baked Potato Dip and Pizza Dip
Three years ago: Seven Layer Dip and Buffalo Chicken Dip
Four years ago: French Onion Soup
Six years ago: Orange Berry Muffins

Spinach Dip Recipe

Yield: About 8 to 10 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

An easy spinach dip served in a bread bowl.


1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained and squeezed dry
⅔ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons minced shallot
1 garlic clove, minced
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
⅔ cup Greek yogurt


1. In a large bowl, stir together the chopped spinach, mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, shallot, garlic, salt, pepper and cayenne until completely combined. Gently fold in the Greek yogurt until thoroughly incorporated. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

2. Serve in a bread bowl with reserved bread cubes, or simply serve in a bowl with fresh vegetables, crackers, tortilla chips or pretzels. Leftover dip can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


38 Responses to “Spinach Dip”

  1. Pieliekamais on January 30, 2014 at 3:51 am

    Any idea if this would work with fresh spinach?


    • Michelle on January 30th, 2014 at 11:46 am

      I think you could do it with fresh spinach; you could steam or sauté it, then just make sure you cool it and squeeze any extra liquid out, just as you would the frozen stuff.


    • Jen on February 6th, 2016 at 10:34 pm

      I tried this with fresh spinach and it was delicious. It wasn’t like a traditional spinach dip because I used a food processor to chop the spinach, then I added (and processed) the remaining ingredients. It was more like a smooth green dip, but the taste was perfect. I also used it as a dressing for a root vegetable salad — really wonderful. Thanks for sharing!


  2. Ellen on January 30, 2014 at 4:15 am

    I am so excited for this! I have made the dips with the mix and love them, but avoid making I because using a dry mix is such a turn-off. This looks like a great alternative!


  3. wendyworldly on January 30, 2014 at 4:33 am

    Of course everyone does the maths that way…nothing fuzzy about it


  4. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen on January 30, 2014 at 6:14 am

    Michelle, we are on the same wavelength…with a “from scratch” Spinach Dip! Yours looks fabulous and it just isn’t a gathering at our house without this classic dip as everyone loves it. Thanks for sharing!


  5. Julia on January 30, 2014 at 6:44 am

    I always make mine from scratch! I’ve also added diced sautéed carrots, leeks and fresh spinach. Mostly because I always buy organic baby spinach. I just strain it in a fine mesh strainer and let it cool down before adding to the mixture. I also add finely diced celery for that crunchiness. And a dash or two of Maggi.
    Happy Super Bowl!


  6. Lexi @ Lexi's Clean Kitchen on January 30, 2014 at 6:48 am

    This dip looks delicious!


  7. Katrina @ WVS on January 30, 2014 at 8:45 am

    This is hands down my favorite dip. I love this recipe!


  8. Shaina on January 30, 2014 at 9:01 am

    I love making spinach dip, it’s my go-to appetizer (to eat AND make!). Serving it in a bread bowl makes it looks so classy 🙂


  9. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction on January 30, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Love that you made it completely from scratch!


  10. Lindsey on January 30, 2014 at 11:20 am

    I had been in the same boat around Christmas time. I was looking everywhere for a spinach dip from scratch, no dry mix packet, but I could not so I broke down and went with the packet. BUT now I won’t have to do that again! Thanks for sharing!


  11. Linda Hensens on January 30, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    This sounds wonderful! I don’t have the Greek Yogurt though, so I will probably put cream cheese in its place. I do have the fresh boule though that I can put the dip in. How wonderful! I hope it tastes as good as it sounds. 🙂 Thank you!


    • Nancy Long on January 30th, 2014 at 6:10 pm

      sour cream would be a better replacement for Greek yogurt than cream cheese


  12. Diane on January 30, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Totally delicious sounding and not hard. Thanks. Love your recipes.


  13. Better With Sugar on January 30, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    I have been wanting to make my own Spinach Dip for so long, I can’t wait to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing!


  14. Chad on January 30, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    There’s nothing like a good spinach dip! Thanks.


  15. Becca @ Crumbs on January 30, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Looks so good presented in the hollowed out roll!


  16. Kaycee on January 30, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    This looks perfect for Super bowl Sunday! Do you think it would taste alright if I increased the amount of Greek yogurt and eliminated the mayonnaise?


    • Michelle on January 30th, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      Hi Kaycee, I’m not sure how it would taste using ALL yogurt and no mayo. I would try to still include some mayo (a smaller proportion?) or a mix of cream cheese and sour cream for consistency.


      • Kaycee on January 31st, 2014 at 5:20 pm

        Thanks! I’ll try it that way and see how it comes out! 🙂


  17. Tracy | Pale Yellow on January 30, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Thanks for posting a great looking dip without a package. Those dried soup recipes are always a little weird!


  18. Genn on January 30, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    That looks delicious!!! Spinach dip is one of my favorites, but I’ve never made it.


  19. Lib on January 30, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Is there a substitute for mayo? Sour cream or maybe more Greek yogurt?


    • Michelle on January 30th, 2014 at 8:45 pm

      Hi Lib, I didn’t try it with any substitutes. Maybe a blend of cream cheese and sour cream?


  20. Tieghan on January 31, 2014 at 12:05 am

    Spinach + greek yogurt = totally healthy!

    I could eat this for dinner. Looks so good!


  21. Sarah G on February 1, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    I personally love your food math 😉 there are veggies in it, and yogurt, it’s practically diet food! Don’t worry sister, I’ve got your back 😉 also I love love love serving spinach dip in a bread bowl, especially if it’s pumpernickel bread!


  22. Kathy A on February 1, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    This sounds really good! I don’t like package ingredients much either. I love making your recipes, but was wondering if you could add the nutrional information at the end of the recipes. Thank you in advance for all that you do!


  23. Brenda on February 4, 2014 at 7:44 am

    made this spinach dip for A Super Bowl party. I loved it!!!! everybody else did, too! it’s like an old friend from the seventies!


  24. Michael Beyer on March 6, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Hi Michelle, I found your spinach dip recipe on Pinterest recently, and I’ve already made it twice, once as an appetizer for the Oscar’s and again less than a week later. Needless to say it’s already a new favorite. It’s an inspired use of Greek yogurt and I love how easy it is to put together with frozen spinach, which makes it both an effortless and delicious appetizer.
    – Michael


  25. Vimal on March 18, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Michelle – I am wondering if we can substitute out mayonnaise and use a replacement. Let me know


    • Michelle on March 20th, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      Hi Vimal, You could use sour cream if you’d like.


  26. Cindy on March 26, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    I am looking forward to trying this recipe! This might be a silly question but is the recipe still good if it is baked in the oven? What would you recommend for baking time if it is served hot?


  27. TstyBakr on April 19, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Try adding/substituting Feta Cheese. It completely takes it to another level. I went with 1/4 cup parm and 1/2 cup feta. (I love feta).


  28. Vivien on December 27, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Do you need to cook the thawed spinach or throw it in raw if using the frozen kind?


    • Michelle on December 29th, 2014 at 9:33 pm

      Hi Vivien, No, you don’t need to cook it, just make sure it’s thawed and drained.


  29. sara on July 17, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    I found this while looking for a new dip for a 4th of July picnic. It was delicious and the dish was scraped clean! Just what any cook likes to see! 🙂 Thanks so much for a great recipe!


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